Report by Zac Ward
On Monday afternoon Dromore high school UI3’s travelled to Down High school to play the U13’s at the Mount Crescent venue. The match kicked off in what could be described as very blustery afternoon. Lewis Canning claimed the kick off and good work by the forwards saw the ball spun to Jonny McCoubery who showed amazing pace to out gas the opposition to score the opening try. The strong wind meant Paddy Browne was unable to convert and the score remained 5-0. Dromore awoke from their slumber and played with excellent intensity for the middle part of the half. However with five minutes left to play in the first half Lewis Canning rumbled over for the second try of the game which was then converted by Paddy Browne. This left the half time score 12-0.
The second half started with Ward showing his power to drive over the line to score, which was once again converted by Paddy Browne. Dromore came back fighting strong but they were no match for the sheer pace of William Annett who was tackled on the 5 metre line but managed to give a Sonny Bill Williams offload to Marcus Graham who just had to fall over the line. Paddy Browne put over a superb conversion from the touchline. Shortly after Zac Ward was on the scoresheet again when Terry Hutley tossed the ball out to Paddy Browne who then fed the powerful flanker to score a try which Browne again converted. From the restart Jonny McCoubery weaved his magic through the Dromore defence to get his second try. Unfortunately Browne missed the conversion but the score was now 38-0 to the boys in green. With 5 minutes of the match to go Marcus Graham showed everyone his speed and strength to shimmy his way past the defence and break out of several tackles to score under the post to leave Browne an easy conversion. Dromore then had their best moment of the game but just when it seemed their flanker was about to score a great tackle caused him to drop the ball over the line and Eoin Moag cleared the danger. The last play of the match saw Zac Ward show his strength to bounce past the Dromore defence to score in the corner which bagged him a third try of the game; Browne again converted a difficult kick.
The Down boys deserve credit for fronting up in a physical battle and they continue to improve in all facets of the game.
Man of the Match: Zac Ward